Stephen Hawking Wonders Whether Capitalism or Artificial Intelligence Will Doom the Human Race

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It shouldn’t be especially controversial to point out that we live in a pivotal time in human history—that the actions we collectively take (or that plutocrats and technocrats take) will determine the future of the human species—or whether we even have a future in the coming centuries.


Watch “The Poetry of Perception”: Harvard Animates Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson & William Carlos Williams

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Two years ago, a series of animated science videos began to pop up on a Vimeo account called HarvardX Neuroscience. As its name suggests, it’s coming out of Harvard University, and, with the help of animators, they originally created a series of scientific shorts pitched between the layman and the serious scientist.


See Galileo’s Famous Gravity Experiment Performed in the World’s Largest Vacuum Chamber, and on the Moon

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It is one of the most famous experiments in all of science history, but there’s significant doubt about whether it actually took place.


The Neuroscience of Bass: New Study Explains Why Bass Instruments Are Fundamental to Music

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At the lower range of hearing, it’s said humans can hear sound down to about 20 Hz, beneath which we encounter a murky sonic realm called “infrasound,” the world of elephant and mole hearing.


Charles Darwin’s Kids Draw on Surviving Manuscript Pages of On the Origin of Species

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Charles Darwin not only created the theory of evolution, but he apparently dabbled often in human biology and sexuality. To wit: he fathered 10 children with his cousin Emma Wedgwood, six boys and four girls.


What Is Déjà Vu? Michio Kaku Wonders If It’s Triggered by Parallel Universes

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I’ve spent the past week on a road trip across America, and, during it, experienced perhaps my most intense case of déjà vu ever.


In 1704, Isaac Newton Predicts the World Will End in 2060

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We have become quite used to pronouncements of doom, from scientists predicting the sixth mass extinction due to the measurable effects of climate change, and from religionists declaring the apocalypse due to a surfeit of sin.


The Periodic Table of Elements Scaled to Show The Elements’ Actual Abundance on Earth

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When you learned about The Periodic Table of Elements in high school, it probably didn’t look like this. Above, we have a different way of visualizing the elements. Created by Professor William F.


Watch Noam Chomsky & Lawrence Krauss Talk About Education, Political Activism, Technology & More Before a Sold-Out Crowd

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Founded and directed by physicist Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State’s Origins Project has for several years brought together some of the biggest minds in the sciences and humanities for friendly debates and conversations about “the 21st Century’s greatest challenges.


8,400 Stunning High-Res Photos From the Apollo Moon Missions Are Now Online

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The Apollo program, launched in 1961 by John F. Kennedy, flew its first manned mission in 1968, and the following summer, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin met the program’s mandate, making their historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing.


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